Weekly Update Issue 27 - Wednesday 20 October, 2021

58.7% of Taranaki people are fully protected
80.9% of Taranaki people have received their first dose

38.9% of Taranaki Māori are fully protected
62.9% of Taranaki Māori have received their first dose

54.1% of Taranaki Pacific people are fully protected
78% of Taranaki Pacific people have received their first dose

doses have been administered to people living in Taranaki

(as of 11.59pm, Oct 19)

Taranaki Programme Weekly Update

Last week was a whirlwind of activity for the programme teams, culminating in a really super Super Saturday that meant more than 80% of people living in Taranaki have now received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

More than half of the region are now fully vaccinated (58.7%), which rises to more than 75% when booked second doses are taken into consideration.

This is fantastic news for the region, and shows that we are really making progress as a community, but we still have a bit more of the mountain climb before we reach the summit of at least 90% vaccinated.

And in more good news for Māori rates, Taranaki saw the second largest increase in the country last week, up 7.6% with more than 1200 first doses, breaking the 60% first dose milestone.

So please don't take your foot off the pedal, Taranaki, and continue to talk to your friends, your whānau and work colleagues about getting vaccinated.

Remember, if anyone has questions or concerns, our vaccination teams are always more than happy to chat - either come and say Kia Ora! at one of our pop-clinics, or pay us a visit at one of our main vaccination hubs in Hāwera or New Plymouth. There will be no pressure to make a decision - just the opportunity to talk.

Alternatively, there are lots of resources online where clear, accurate and reliable information about the Pfizer vaccine, what it does, side-effects and much more can be found.

These cool videos form an entire series of vaccine facts which are easy to watch and understand.

You Tube also has heaps of very watchable information about getting vaccinated - our top picks are; 
  • Ask an expert - Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Dr Nikki Turner, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, Dr Vanisi Prescott and Mihingarangi Forbes got together for a Super Saturday chat about all things vaccine
  • Some people are concerned that the COVID-19 vaccine was developed so quickly - actually, the science behind them has been around for decades - check out this TED Ed talk - its really good!
Sometimes it can be hard to have a conversation with someone you know is vaccine hesitant - this article may help with some hints and tips - Covid-19: How to talk to the vaccine hesitant | Stuff.co.nz

Have a look at the resources links at the bottom of this panui too, lots of great information there.

It's up to all of us to do our bit to get our Taranaki community to at least 90% vaccinated so we can break free this summer and enjoy all the wonderful opportunities our region has to offer.
Images - clockwise from top - Kids at the Tui Ora vaccination clinic at Onuku Taipari Domain in Spotswood where more than 230 people were vaccinated; Phillippa the parking attendant at the New Plymouth Vaccination Centre gets into the party mood; Prime Minister with Tui Ora vaccinator Whitney Andrews; Manning the BBQ on Super Saturday and; Free ice-cream for everyone, including the dogs, at one of the Taranaki DHB ice-cream street vaccination clinics.

Super Saturday super successful

The response from the entire Taranaki community to Super Saturday was fantastic with 2,894 people from across the rohe getting their jabs, 21% of them Māori.
Vaccinations were administered at five GP clinics, nine pharmacies, one kindy, one rural clinic, three mobile homes at four locations (Warehouse Bell Block, Warehouse New Plymouth, New World Stratford, Countdown Stratford and Marine Parade, Waitara) two Tui Ora clinics, one Ngati Ruanui clinic and at the two main vaccination centres in New Plymouth and Hāwera.
There were numerous sausage sizzles and a pizza night, countless giveaways, free coffees, Taranaki rugby players, chocolate fish and DJ’s playing the top tunes.

“The entire Taranaki COVID-19 Vaccination programme, which includes all our Taranaki DHB teams, on-boarded GP clinics and pharmacies and Māori partner-providers, pulled out all the stops to get out there and make getting a vaccination easier than ever before,” said Bevan Clayton-Smith, Taranaki COVID-19 Vaccination programme senior responsible officer.
“It was wonderful to see Taranaki people stepping up to be vaccinated, coming to have their questions and concerns answered and generally joining in the party atmosphere. Ka pai!”

Add a vaccination certificate to your summer essentials list

With many events and festivals taking place in New Zealand only accessible to those who have been double jabbed, a vaccination certificate is the key to having fun this summer.

The Ministry of Health have launched the My Covid Record website, where you can see your vaccination records, request a confirmation letter for overseas travel and, from the end of November, access your personal vaccination certificate.

People aged 16 and over will need to create a My Health Account before they can access their vaccination record and any COVID-19 test results.

While work is still underway to determine when proof of vaccination might be required for entry to events and venues in New Zealand, it important to get registered so you are ready to go when the party vibes start pumping. 

The Ministry of Health will be sending text messages and emails over the coming weeks to prompt those who have been vaccinated to create an account. 

More information for those who don’t have access to digital tools and require alternative options will be available soon.

Until the end of November, if you need official proof of vaccination (for example, for international travel), you can request a vaccination confirmation letter from the Ministry of Health. Test results will be sent to you directly from Taranaki DHB.

Third vaccine for immunocompromised announced

The Ministry of Health has announced a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine is now available for people who are severely immunocompromised.

Administration of the dose will only be carried out once strict criteria are met, at least eight weeks after the second dose and must be prescribed by a GP. A written concsent form, co-signed by a GP is also required.

More information will be available on the Ministry of Health website, the Unite Against COVID-19 website, and from your GP.


Ngāti Ruanui Health Care Clinics

Hāwera Health Centre, 41 Hunter Street, Hāwera
Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm for walk-in vaccinations

Pātea Health Centre, 1 Lincoln Street, Pātea
Open Wednesday and Thursday for booked appointments - call 0800 766 537


Ngāruahine Healthcare Trust Clinics

Thursday 21 October I Te Korowai Tari I 10am - 3pm
Tuesday 26 October I Aotearoa Pa I 12pm - 8pm


Clinic tour a hit with rural communities

More than 1,000 rural Taranaki people have received a COVID-19 vaccination as the first circuit of the round-the-mountain tour has been completed.

Vaccination teams have been at 14 community halls and centres from Whangamomona through to Rahotu and Mimi. Kaponga took out the top spot with 180 people vaccinated, with Inglewood and Okato not far behind.

And now our teams are coming around again for a second time.... and a third (we think it was all that country hospitality!)

Check out the schedule and either get yourself booked in, or come and say hi on the day. Our friendly vaccinators are also happy to talk through any concerns or questions people may have about the vaccine so if you just want to have a chat, you are most welcome.
  Time Second dose (3 weeks) Second dose (6 weeks)
Whangamomona Hall,
6013 Ohura Road, Whangamomona
10am – 12pm Thursday 28 October Monday 8 November
Brewer Road
1pm – 2pm Thursday 28 October Monday 8 November
Douglas Hall 2.30pm – 3.30pm Thursday 28 October Monday 8 November
Toko Hall,
1073, East Road, Stratford East
 2pm – 4pm
Thursday 28 October
Monday 8 November
Kaimata Hall,
722 Tarata Road, Kaimata
 9am – 3.30pm   Wednesday 10 November
TET Stadium,
1 Elliot Street, Inglewood
9.00am – 3.30pm   Thursday 11 November
Friday 12 November
Hempton Hall,
72 Carthew Street, Ōkato
1pm – 4pm Monday 25 October Monday 15 November
Rahotu TSB Domain,
54 Rahotu Road, Rahotu
9am – 3.30pm Tuesday 26 October Tuesday 16 November
Oaonui Hall,
5142 South Road, Oaonui
9.15am – 3.30pm Wednesday 27 October Wednesday 17 November
Pihama Hall,
3271 South Road, Pihama
9am – 12pm Thursday 28 October Thursday 18 November
Te Kiri Hall,
2716 Eltham Road, Te Kiri
9.15am – 3.30pm Monday 1 November Monday 22 November
Auroa Hall,
746 Auroa Road, Auroa
9.30am – 3.30pm Tuesday 2 November Tuesday 23 November
Kaponga Town Hall
Victoria Street, Kaponga
9.15am – 3.30pm Wednesday 3 November Wednesday 24 November
Eltham Library, 
9.15am – 3.30pm Friday 5 November Friday 26 November
Hunter Shaw Building,
132 Egmont Street, Patea
10am – 3.30pm Monday 8 November Monday 29 November
Waitoitoi Hall,
19 Pukearuhe Road, Mimi
9am – 3.30pm Tuesday 9 November Tuesday 30 November
Don't forget you can still book an appointment at one of our main vaccination centres, with one of our GP or pharmacy partner-providers, or with your Māori health provider - whatever works for you!
It is so easy to do - the online booking portal Book My Vaccine makes the process very straightforward - and has a booking availability tool so you can see at a glance where clinics are and what appointment times they have free. 
Check out if your doctor is offering COVID-19 vaccinations at Healthpoint.

Media Round-up

Taranaki was in the headlines again this week after a visit from Prime Minister Jacinda Adern last Friday - check out some of the highlights!

Prime Minister's visit to Taranaki vaccination clinic a dream come true for some | Stuff.co.nz

Been there, done that: The Denver doctor who's seen what Covid-19 does to the unvaccinated | Stuff.co.nz

Super response to Super Saturday, as more than 2800 people in Taranaki get vaccinated | Stuff.co.nz

Taranaki vaccine rollout may have to rollover to 2022 | RNZ News
Also, don't miss the Sunday programme this Sunday (24 October) at 7.30pm on TVNZ 1 - a hard-hitting episode featuring Taranaki families.

Get on the bus - for FREE

All Taranaki bus trips are free for anyone travelling to or from a vaccination appointment - book your seat by following these links! 

https://www.trc.govt.nz/buses-transport/routes/southlink-opunake-kaponga-manaia-ohawe-hawera/   This is the Opunake to Hawera Service return on a Thursday. 

https://www.trc.govt.nz/buses-transport/routes/southlink-opunake-new-plymouth/  Opunake to New Plymouth and can go via Parihaka. This is a Friday service

https://www.trc.govt.nz/buses-transport/passenger-info/connector-fares-and-info/ this is the Connector  - which has an online booking tool for passengers.  This is a 4 times daily service Opunake Hawera New Plymouth return.

https://www.trc.govt.nz/buses-transport/passenger-info/citylink-information/ this has the main information for passengers as well as route maps and how to navigate the Ariki Street bus centre.  All urban services run Monday to Friday  


The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) has a new website dedicated to COVID-19.

The app Āwhina lets you access information from the Ministry of Health and other trusted sources on your mobile device and sends out notifications on key COVID-19 vaccine announcements. You can download Āwhina here

The MoH COVID-19 Vaccine Resources page is full of useful information, frequently asked questions and also fact sheets in multiple languages

Data and statistics about the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in New Zealand can be found here.

HealthPathways platforms nationwide have published (or will soon publish) COVID-19 Vaccination Information pages. General practices can log into their local HealthPathways site to access this useful information.

Government cyber security agency CERT NZ has published guidance on how to protect your organisation when communicating about the vaccine on CERT NZ’s website.

Unite Against COVID-19 contains a multitude of resources on the COVID-19 vaccine, including the latest government announcements.

Medsafe’s website has COVID-19 vaccine approval information and vaccine reports.

Medsafe also publishes data sheets and consumer medicine information for approved COVID-19 vaccines.

Contact us at communications@tdhb.org.nz